Boyd Back With A Bang

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Jamaica Gleaner

NATIONAL forward Walter Boyd returned from a three-game suspension with a bang yesterday.

The 27-year-old marksman was on target for Swansea City in the sixth minute as the visitors clipped cellar team Leyton Orient to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games in English League Division 3.

Swansea moved up to third in the standings with 41 points. Barnet lead with 45; followed by Rotherham on 44.

In another Division 3 game, Hull City, with Theodore Whitmore and Ian Goodison in their ranks, were held to a 0-0 draw by Darlington. Whitmore was not named in the squad for the game while Goodison sat on the subsitute's bench.

Hull City, despite the glowing reports about the play of Whitmore, are languishing in the bottom half of the table in 17th spot and 23 points. Meanwhile Trinidad and Tobago football fans are in for an early new year's treat as the twin-island republic's leading midfielder Russell Latapy is eager to weave his magic for the first time in nine months on home soil.

Latapy is scheduled to arrive with his Scottish Premier League side Hibernian on January 6 for an exhibition match against W Connection at the Centre of Excellence ground in Macoya on January 15.

"It is not very often when you are playing abroad that you have the chance to go back to your native country with your team," Latapy said last week in an interview with Scottish reporter Roger Hannah.

"I'm looking forward to playing in front of the native fans, and they are looking forward to watching us because Hibs have quite a few fans in Trinidad now," added Latapy.

Latapy, who last played here on March 28 when Trinidad and Tobago defeated Jamaica 2-0, also reiterated his commitment to playing for Trinidad and Tobago in the Football Confederation's Gold Cup in February and the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, starting in March.